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okay. about 30 seconds, what would you like to see congress do on this issue? caller: oh, just more thorough clearly, and not taking, being able to take the gun home time to day, giving process the background checks. host: got you. that is the last call we will morning. the house of representatives comes into session, we'll take you there now. the clerk: the eaker's rooms, washington, d.c. 3, 3, 2017. i hereby appoint the honorable virginia foxx to act as speaker pro tempore on this 3, 2017. i hereby appoint the honorable virginia foxx to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, paul d. ryan, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 3, 2017, the chair now recognizes members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. alternate ll recognition between the
parties. all time shall be equally allocated between the parties and no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. each member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip shall be limited to five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon, mr. lumenauer, for five minutes. mr. blumenauer: thank you, madam speaker. what if the headline in the morning paper was slightly different? what if we had a disease that had killed 59 people yesterday and sickened over 500 others? you think the nation would demand action? if we had an outbreak every day that had over 100,000 people a year, killed and injured, congress would be in a frenzy.
yesterday we found two minutes for a moment of silence and we moved on. un violence is a public health hazard. every bit hazard. every bit as important as any other disease or outbreak. ours is the only developed country in the world that cannot protect our families from death and injury, there guns on a massive scale. after years of frustration in school and another shooting in my district, i sat down with my constituents to go through what are the things that we can do that would make a difference? school shooting in my we understood that you cannot completely solve evil people. there's not a statute that's foolproof. but our statutes are filled with efforts to try and make things better. let's stop dealing with gun violence as a political issue and think about it as the
public health epidemic that it is. already claiming over 12,000 lives in the united states this year. will -- this year. we attacked death safety, it didn't happen overnight that we mable our automobiles safer and less dangerous. but we stayed at it with law enforcement, engineering, research. and we have cut the rate of deaths over half. if we're starting now to deal with massive addiction and condition a medical that condition that requires treatment, not just law enforcement with harsh punishment. my report outlined nine areas we could take action. we could take action.
there are 26 bills in congress now that deal with these items, and we haven't been able to deal with them meaningfully. no hearings, with them meaningf. no hearings, certainly nothing on the floor of the house. there are provisions to keep guns away from the most that prevents research. that's a horrific mistake. we ought to be able to understand and find ways to help prevent it. we can control access to the products.rous we can increase product safety for guns which are inherently dangerous. products. we can empower health care ofessionals to deal with families to help prevent gun violence and understand what risks their families face,
rather than outrageous provision that is speak to limit what health care professionals can do to deal with their patients. we can effectively regulate the sale of firearms. there should be no hidden sales where we do not have background checks. this is within our capacity. we can enforce existing laws and we can mitigate the loss of life in shooting by helping to provide more resources for first responders. this isn't pie in the sky. this will do nothing to take away the rights of americans who want to target shoot or hunt. but it -- what it will do is start the slow, steady process towards making our families and make sure that
america is not the only developed country that cannot protect its families from gun violence. and make sure that merica is not the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from michigan, mr. mitchell, for five minutes. mr. speaker, i rise today to do a little myth busting. critics of the 21st century air act are selling a myth that the 21st century air act will be danging and adverse to general aviation. this couldn't be further from the truth. i'm a regular aviation user, student pilot. my botherin-in-law is a g.a. pilot. i never would support legislation that would be bad for my rural community. let's address a few of those myths. the nonprofit service provider for air traffic control will be prohibited from using private user fees in contrast to the
myths being sold out there. the act also prohibits the a.t.c. provider from restricting access to any airspace or airport. further, any changes to access to airports or airspace would be subject to extensive government review and approval. additionally, funding is provided additional funding to community airports to assist them and continue to grow and be vibrant in our communities. critics would have you believe that general aviation will not have a seat at the table. again, not true. the nonprofit board of directors doesn't intercede for community air airports. lease pilots, airlines, and air cargo. the f.a.a. in had a hearing indicated it would take another 10 years and $30 billion to update our air traffic control system for the air kayic system we have now. when asked, they said they hoped they would have it accomplished in 10 years. hope is not a plan.
the trump administration supports the 21st century air act. air traffic controllers support the 21st century air act. airline pilots support t airlines support it. air cargo supports t we can go through a long list. yet we continue to deal with myths being spun that somehow this is adverse to aviation. we have an archaic air traffic control system that is hurting our nation. that is damaging our economy, and trying to move beyond fear and myths. mr. speaker, i urge colleagues to move beyond those myths and see the 21st century air act will benefit all users. bring the bill to the floor. let's have a vote and move our air traffic control system back. i yield back. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois, mr. gutierrez, is recognized for five minutes. mr. speaker, i just returned from puerto rico and to start my remarks i'd like to say a few words in
mr. speaker, i flew to puerto see what was to happening on the ground with my own eyes. it was worse than i imagined and broke my heart. to see my beloved island so destroyed, scared for its future, and see what was happening on the ground feeling and isolated there. were dead animals all over the place, and people were so desperate for food and water, and anyone sick or elderly was finding it hard to get medicine and medical care. things rim proving day by day and the number of helicopters flying missions of mercy to the interior of the island sin creasing. almost everyone has no electrical power. almost everyone has little or no food.
and trouble finding it. almost everyone has no water, and some are seeking water from unreliable or possibly contaminated sources. at the same time, i also saw an amazing unity and toughness. my fellow irit puerto ricans have, an ability to make a way where there is no way. to improvise. most importantly to work together. any divisions of party or class puerto ricans have, an ability to make that are right on the surface on a typical day in puerto rico, this faction versus that faction, all of that was blown away. the only status issue that matters for puerto ricans right now is the status of the s.o.s., save our souls. we need help and plenty of it now. yesterday i spoke at a press conference in chicago with mayor rahm emanuel and leaders from chicago, including the fire commissioner. and the head of chicago's office of emergency and management control, a brigadier general, and national guard. the mayor announced 22 chicago
firefighters on their own dime are going to puerto rico to help with the rescue and recovery efforts, including bringing equipment that may help communications to the remote part of the island. the mayor also announced in chicago we want to be for puerto rico what houston was for new orleans after hurricane katrina, a place of refuge where we will help you get settled. get your kids into school, get you the medical care you need, and make you feel welcome. one thing i learned in puerto rico this weekend is that in chicago and in the rest of the u.s., we need to start thinking about evacuation in addition to rebuilding and recovery. i have welcomed my own family into my home. and people i know across the country are welcoming relatives escaping puerto rico and the virgin islands. but we need to wrap up our commitment beyond the family to family and formal relationships and look systematically how we organize ourselves to meet the great need of our fellow
citizens on the island in the caribbean. rebuilding puerto rico, making her a strong, self-sufficient island nation of industrious, hardworking people again will take years. and require a long-term commitment from this congress and this country so that the well-being of our fellow men on the island can be met. so, mr. speaker, let's roll up our slives and get to work. -- sleeves and get to work. once again, chicago is there to welcome you. so enroll your kids in school, to get you the medical attention, to make sure you have a safe place until the recovery and rebuilding has been accomplished. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. knight, for five minutes. mr. knight: thank you, madam speaker. i am truly blessed to represent a district in southern california that is the home of so many historic fetes.
today i had -- feats. today i'd like to till about one that turns 50 years old today. on october 3, 1967, is a date i'll never forget but probably a date i'll never remember, either, since i was nine months old. b-52 flew down the runway of edwards air force base with a small white airplane tucked underneath her wing. a major who had thousands of hours in different platforms was the pilot of that airplane who had been on several different programs and had been a test pilot for many, many years and graduate of the united states air force test pilot school, was the pilot of that small white aircraft. the plan was simple on paper. it was to accelerate to 100,000 feet and achieve a mach of 6.50. as the pilot said, edwards air force base will always tell you, it is a profession that they go about. and they do this in a very --
well, professional manner. and rms for 100,000 feet 6.50, the ending was 102,000 eet, 100 and 6.72. a new air speed record. now, the thing that was interesting about this was the air speed record had been set on november 18, 1966 by the same pilot and broken just 10 months later. and that issue, that flight has now stood for 50 years. if that pilot was here today, he would say that's a travesty, that that air speed record has stood for 50 years. in fact, i was standing with him on the 30th anniversary and he said just those same words. why are we stuck where we were in the 60's? haven't we continued to push forward? . hope i am not standing on the
60th anniversary. those of that era did some phenomenal things and they pushed the limits and they knew the sky was no limit, that it was just a boundary they needed to push forward. there were 12 pilots on the x-15 program and i grew up with many of them or their kids. there's general rushworth and neil armstrong, bill dana and joe engel, scott crossfield, mckay, thompson, peterson. mike adams lost his life in the x-15 program in november of 1967, the only one to lose his life in the x-15 program. and the pilot of the october 3, 1967, flight was my father, pete knight. he flew the aircraft 16 times, setting the air speed record several times and breaking it and achieving 4,520 miles an hour on october 3, 1967, which still stands today. and i think the lesson is is
that we've got to keep pushing and technology doesn't just -- it's not out there for no one. it's out there for us to grab and for us to continue to achieve. those records are made to be broken and we must continue to push. in aerospace and in every endeavor. that's what america does and that's what we do for all of mankind. i think this record was a great achievement, and i can tell you one quick story. i knew of this record when i was a small kid because my father pulled that mach meter out of the x-15 after he set the record and that mach meter set sat on our television every year of my life until his death bed. he said i went it to go to the smithsonian. which is something we did. this was not something achieved by many teams, many mothership pilots. but it's something that's now 50 years old and we need to
continue to push. i thank you, madam speaker, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new york, mr. espaillat, is recognized for five minutes. mr. espaillat: thank you, madam speaker. any comments that i will make in spanish i will provide a translation in english. madam speaker, i witnessed this weekend when i traveled to the island of puerto rico where my colleague from chicago, illinois, luis gutierrez, the devastation and humanitarian crisis firsthand. as i traveled throughout the area i met dozens of emergency workers from various cities around our nation and their way to provide assistance to families in puerto rico. [speaking spanish]
san juan, puerto rico, from a -- in bhouse in a well a golf course when she was chest deep in water contaminated with toxic fuels and human excrement bringing help to those that are needed in san juan, puerto rico. we discussed with them efforts currently under way on ways that the federal government and congress can improve our response to address immediate and long-term goals to help rebuild the island of puerto rico, and the u.s. virgin islands, let's not forget them. yesterday i released a 10-point plan following my assessment, and i offered this as a solution to provide an immediate emergency relief package for the humanitarian crisis we are witnessing in puerto rico and the u.s. virgin islands. it is my hope that we are --
we, members of congress, will work together to find solutions quickly as the lives of u.s. citizens are at stake and the forts to rebuild have remain encumbered. i call on an immediate $20 billion relief package for puerto rico and the virgin islands. congress needs to act on a humanitarian emergency relief package for puerto rico and the u.s. virgin islands no later than this week. they cannot wait another week. it is estimated that puerto rico will need $85 billion for their recovery efforts. at minimum, congress needs to enact a $20 billion emergency relief package for puerto rico and the u.s. virgin islands. a hearing on the puerto rico and u.s. virgin islands recovery efforts and a congressional task force for coordinated relief efforts must be put in place. the delayed response in puerto
rico was egregious. i join my colleagues in calling for a hearing on puerto rico and u.s. virgin islands recovery efforts and for a full assessment on how to mitigate delayed reactions in the future and a strenalic plan on a long-term re-- strategic plan on a long-term recovery effort for the entire caribbean region that unfortunately stands on the pathway of natural disasters, including hurricane season. as my colleagues have stated, the hurricane sandy task force resulted in a comprehensive plan developed by federal, state and local stakeholders which then helped aid the recovery efforts in new york city and elsewhere. a similar plan is needed for all of the areas affected during this hurricane season. we must also create permanent waiver of the jones act for diesel and fuel. 10-day waiver is not enough
and the jones act needs to be waived for at least a year so that response and rebuilding efforts are not encumbered and i ask for a permanent waiver for diesel and fuel. the u.s.s. abraham lincoln aircraft carrier, i joined 145 members of this congress in urging the president to deploy the u.s.s. abraham lincoln. madam speaker, we need to repair telecommunications, authorize army engineers to repair hospitals and i have four other points that i will present to you. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from tennessee, mr. duncan, is recognized for five minutes. mr. duncan: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, the new term of the u.s. supreme court begins this week. i was a judge for 7 1/2 years before i came to congress, and so i have great interest in
their proceedings. it seems to me our courts have become far too political over the last many years. up until the mid 1930's or so, most federal courts seem to try to stay out of politics and paid great deference to actions by federal and state legislative bodies as being expressions of the will of the people. for many years now, though, some federal judges believe they should have been elected to congress or to the state legislatures. one of many examples involves the drawing of congressional legislative and local voting districts. the word gerrymandering came to use in 1812 but it has been in very recent years that federal courts have become heavily involved in drawing specific lines in so many states. if a court has a very liberal judge, he or she will seemingly go to great lengths to throw out any lines that seem to benefit conservatives. i was at the u.s. supreme court recently introduced some lawyers from knoxville.
that court was hearing some lines drawn by the virginia legislature. this is something the federal courts should leave out it. also, opinions are much longer than the first 150 years or so as some judges seem to believe they know almost everything. madam speaker, we need more judges at all levels who have a little more humility. many of the issues that the courts are dealing with involve freedom of religion. our founding fathers came here to this country to get freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. i think it was very sad that a very intolerant group from wisconsin got a bible verse and went to great lengths to get a bible verse removed from the knoxville police department. it seems that people who proclaim their tolerance the loudest are really some of the most intolerant people in this country today, and aimed primarily at conservative christians.
the ach vs. clawson, justice wrote that the law should not prefer, quote, those who believe in no religion over those who do believe, unquote. and that there is, quote, no constitutional requirement which makes it necessary for government to be hostile to religion and to he throw its weight to widen the scope of religious. justice douglas was one of the most liberal. we open every session of the house and senate with a prayer. there is a prayer room at the center of the capitol and several bible studies go on in the capitol each week. madam speaker, on an unrelated topic because we're dealing with the budgets -- budget proposals this week, i think it is ironic that the only president in the last 70 years or 80 years who has tried to rein in defense spending is the
only one who spent his career in the military, president eisenhower. i spoke out in every way and voted against the major initiatives of the obama administration. but it was false to say that the military has been depleted. we spend well over $700 billion on defense and military construction each year. last year we spent $177.5 billion on new planes, tanks, weapons and equipment and similar amounts to that for many, many years. most of this equipment does not wear out. after just one year. in the book "ike's bluff," when eisenhower was told he could not cut defense spending he replied, if he told every general he would get another star if he reduced their budget, you would have to get out of the way of the rush. he also said, quote, heaven help us if we ever have a president who doesn't know as much about the military as i do. over 80% of those in congress today have never served in our armed forces. i'm proud to have been one who
was privileged to serve. most of the members of congress today are afraid to oppose or even question wasteful defense spending for fear of some demagogue calling them unpatriotic or saying they are not supporting the troops. but, madam speaker, we need to wake up and realize that there's waste, even in the defense department. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon, mr. defazio, for five minutes. there are today over 800 so-called enterprise carriers from mexico operating heavy trucks long distance in the united states. now, what's wrong with that? well, mexico doesn't have any drug or alcohol testing of its commercial drivers. mexico does not have a centralized database of
commercial drivers licenses and driving offenses, making it difficult, if not impossible, to track and disqualify drivers who are unsafe, who would be disqualified here in the united states. and in mexico, they -- truck drivers are pretty much exploited and abused. they don't even have hours of service rules. some drivers will drive for one or two days straight. now, in the united states, of course, we have very restrictive rules for safety on hours of service, and those laws theoretically apply to the 800 mexican enterprise carriers operating in the united states. however, how many hours did that person drive before they got to the border? 24, 48? then they cross over the border and they're limited. congress objected and voted multiple times by huge bipartisan majorities on legislation i supported to say
that, no, we did not want these mexican trucks ranging about here in the united states until they can prove that they meet the same standards as our truck drivers. now, we had a few offenses. we don't even put special scrutiny on these enterprise carriers. we have very few inspectors out there, but they've managed to rack up some pretty horrific records on a random basis that raise huge questions about their safety. they had over 900 violations for a driver that cannot read or speak the english language sufficiently to respond to official inquiries, a violation of the law. . 800 vibrations for brake related issues. hundreds of other violations for tire treads, exhaust leaks, oil leaks. one company was fined $40,000.
there's only one way to 800 vib related issues. solve s of this issue. that is to modify the nafta a agreement -- agreement. remember, this was authorized, they were given national treatment. that is mexico is treated the same as the u.s. they won in one of those secret tribunals, a huge judgment against the united states. the obama administration caved in. -- opened the door -- opened t to these unsafe carriers operating in the united states. we can close that door again by just modifying nafta. the trump administration is approaching this issue, perhaps as early as next week in the nafta negotiations. and this should be at the top of their agenda. we will not give them national treatment. they will have to meet our standards and prove that they have met our standards. have to develop a meaningful drivers license base, they have to have drug and alcohol testing. they have to have hours of service. then we can talk about whether or not they can operate in the
united states. we had a system before nafta. mexican truck drivers would bring the trucks just over the border. they were limited how far they could go. they would drop the trailers. u.s. truck drivers would pick them up. there is one other issue. are we going to do to our trucking industry what we have done to so many in manufacturing? are we going to drive down truck drivers' wages? it's already a tough business, thrick for independent drivers. are we going to make them compete with people who are earning two bucks and hour and don't have to meet the same rules as they do? that's not fair competition. and it's not good for the american people. the jobs, or safety on our highways. i'm asking the trump tough on tion to hang this issue. and take away this national treatment that we're giving to mexico, which does not have an equivalent system to the united states. d go to something that's
tough on reciprocity and equivalent and that would be a good change to the nafta agreement. which i opposed from day one. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, five minutes. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, this friday is national manufacturing day. we celebrate manufacturing day annually in order to recognize the manufacturing industry's part in the growth and prosperity of the united states economy. as well as raise awareness of the important investment and career opportunities within the manufacturing sector. manufacturing day started in 2012 as an annual celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. it has done just that. according to a 2016 survey of students who atened anufacturing day events, 89% were more aware of manufacturing jobs in their
communities. 84% were more convinced that were more aware manufacturing provides careers that are interesting and rewarding. 64% were more motivated to pursue careers in manufacturing. 71% were more likely to tell friends, family, parents, or colleagues about manufacturing attending the event. mr. speaker, the manufacturing industry impacts every community in the united states and certainly true for the pennsylvania fifth congressional attending the eve. district. , the manufacturing pennsylvania has a rich history of being a manufacturing leader, especially our storied pennsylvania steel. the commonwealth has been an important cog in the wheel of this country's industrial revolution thanks totries like iron, coal, and lumber, in addition to steel. our pennsylvania farmers distri have lvania has fed and continue to feed generations of americans providing safe and nutritious food for all our neighbors. from heritage companies to new or rising stars, we have a wide cross section of products produced in the fifth district
of pennsylvania. mr. speaker, i'd like to highlight just a few. brookville equipment rporation in jefferson county, leading american manufacturer of diesel locomotive engins, treat trolleys, and mining machinery. their mass transit resume includes fully refurbishing treetcars for cities including new orleans, feaf, and -- philadelphia and san francisco. since 1889, a company has been fashing hand crafted pockets knives new orleans, and sport be knive zipo manufacturing company, makers of the world famous zippo one-proof lighter and they are another family-owned business based in bradford -- in the city of bradford, mckean county, since 1936. major leagues have been swinging our fine pennsylvania hardwoods thanks to jefferson county company b.w.p. bats. b.w.p. slogan is built with pride. a state of the art forge facility capable of
manufacturing our entire line of forged steel fitting and products since 875. a new manufacturer is diamondback truck covers. two penn state students started this company in their garage in 2003. they make heavy duty utility oriented diamond plate aluminum truck bed covers for pickup frucks -- trucks. mr. speaker, this is just a a new manufacturer is diamondback truck covers. two penn state students started this handful of the manufacturers in quality ct who produce american made products. as co-chair of the career and technical education caucus, i'm proud that the manufacturing industry employs scores of career and technical education students and in family sustaining careers. these are great family sustaining jobs. as we celebrate the national manufacturing day on friday and draw attention to the roles manufacturers play in our communities, i commend all those who keep our economy booming through manufacturing. thank you, mr. speaker.
i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. snyder, for five minutes. mr. speaker, i rise today heartbroken and bone weary from the gun violence our continues to wrack country. just this year alone there have been 273 mass shootings, shootings with four or more victims. every day we read of another child tragically lost. our nation awoke yesterday to the horrifying news of yet another mass shooting, this time in las vegas. it is once more now the worst shooting in our nation's history. this violence sears our heart and leaves countless families forever tragically changed. i extend my sincere condolences to all those who lost loved ones and send prayers of recovery to those wounded. please know that the american people are grieving with you.
i'm incredibly grateful for the extraordinary professionalism and bravery of law enforcement and first responders during this attack. our words and prayers are not sufficient for the people of las vegas or the other victims of daily gun violence across our country. we owe them more. we must come together to tackle this epidemic with action. enough is enough. no one single solution to the gun violence now. nor are there any easy answers. but that must not stop us from making progress where we can. incredibly, however, this body is set to consider rolling back some of the commonsense regulations we already have in place for gun safety. it is inconceivable to me that this house is preparing to vote on legislation to weaken restrictions on the sale of silencers. such sound suppressors make it difficult for law enforcement officers to identify the point source of a weapon and to react to protect
our public. why are we considering a bill that makes firearms more deadly and make it more difficult for police to respond? but that's not all. there is also a proposal to weaken state concealed carry laws with national reciprocity. this dangerous legislation would undermine local safety laws and deny states their right to establish their own concealed carry safety standards. requiring states to accept concealed carry standards of every other state will effectively create a dangerous race to the bottom and leave the least restrictive state law as the effective national standard. mr. speaker, many we should be -- we should be debating and voting on proposals that can reduce gun violence in our communities. we must not allow the difficulty of the path away from preventing us from embracing solutions that move us in the right direction. earlier this year introduced the ghost guns bill with my colleague from new york. this bill will address the glaring loophole that allows gun buyers to bypass a background check by purchasing
their weapons as unassembled kits online. they can be delivered to anyone's door steps wall the parts needed to assemble a fully functioning, totally untraceable firearm. the ghost guns are guns acts simply says these weapons regulated like other firearms and regulated like oth firearms and require a background check like other firearms. more than nine out of 10 americans support background checks. commonsense step forward and i urge my colleagues to join me in seeking its passage. we also face a problem of stolen guns. last year alone more than 18,000 guns were lost or stolen from federal firearm dealers. many of these stolen weapons were later used in violent crimes. that's why i introduced the secure firearms storage act to require all federal firearms licensees to securely store their inventory. the "chicago sun-times" said this bill was, quote, so
obviously right it's hard to believe that it's even necessary. end quote. agree and i invite my colleagues to join me in passing this bill as well. these are but two commonsense ideas. i'm open to any and all ideas that make colleagues to join me in progre gun violence in our communities and helping make our community safe. from universal background checks to making gun trafficking a federal crime, to limiting access to high capacity magazines and military assault weapons. enough is enough. we cannot allow this epidemic to continue. together we have the opportunity to save lives. i urge my colleagues to join me and let's take this time to act. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. shuster, five minutes. mr. shuster: thank you, mr. speaker. congress has just approved an f.a.a. extension to fund the
agency for six months. but our work is not done. we have a responsibility to pass a long-term f.a.a. bill that ensures america remains the leader in aviation. the status quo means american aviation manufacturing will lose out to competitors in europe, china, brazil, and canada. we will lose jobs. it means the drone industry will continue to go overseas for testing and development. that's more lost jobs. the status quo means more delays and lost time for our passengers. let me read you a quote. the f.a.a. is the only agency of government worse at procurement than the pentagon. congress has tried to reform it. it didn't stick. we have got to try something different to get to be more agile and give us a 21st century equipment and software we need. ladies and gentlemen, that's not my quote, i'm quoting the ranking member of the transportation and infrastructure committee. and that based on what he has said and we have seen oferte last 20 years, that's why it's time to reform the f.a.a.
with my republican and democratic colleagues, i have introduced h.r. 2997, the 21st century air act. like all major reforms, there have been false claims made against this bipartisan bill. the false issues i want to from general aviation. my colleagues and i include sam graves have worked for the general aviation community to including everything they have asked for in this bill. not one of their legislative requests was excluded. in fact, congressman graves now supports the bill because of how far we aviation. my colleagues and i include sam graves have worked for the general aviation community to w needs of the g.a. community. we did so because general aviation is vital to our unique aviation system and i would never sponsor legislation that harms my own rural community and g.a. pilots and several hundred g.a. pilots that live within it. here's what the general aviation community asks for. they do not want to pay user fees to use air traffic control service, and they won't. all they have to do is look at page 83 in the bill. the only entity that will be
is to change this congress, just like it is today. want any airspace restrictions. this bill prohibits airspace restrictions for the g.a. just look at page 114 to find that. in fact, g.a. doesn't have that guarantee today. our bill actually puts that guarantee in law for the first time. they wanted to fully fund the airport improvement want any ai restrictions. this bill prohibits airspace restrictions for the g.a. progr. i want to fully fund the airport improvement program in part because it helps my district and small and medium sized airports in rural communities around this country. will be funded the way it has been in the past. it will be going forward. the traveling public. currently a.i.p. funding is flatlined to $3.3 billion a year. over the course of the bill, we'll raise that up to almost $4 billion. the traveling publi. currently a.i.p. funding is you have to find that on page 7 of the bill. g.a. wanted parity on the board and got t the ability to nominate two board members. so the board will be balanced and will include airports, pilots, controllers, commercial passenger carriers, cargo
carriers, regional carriers, general aviation, business aviation, plus the government will have two seats on the board. a supermajority will choose two independent board members and choose a c.e.o. even when faced with these facts and black and white texts, opponents of reform still claim these guarantees are not in the bill. k a mefment g.a. community what we can do to get their support and they'll say nothing. they want to keep status quo. . what we can do to think about it this way. 850 million passengers who fly commercially every year and that number will go to a billion over the next 10 years, this will help them. in fact, every person that flies commercially, using the air traffic control system. a small number of g.a. donors are opposing something that
will benefit a billion passengers that fly and will fly annually. another thing that was brought up is that we harm the defense of this country. that is absolutely not true. as a senior member of the armed services committee, i would never do anything that would harm the defense of this country. and secretary mattis and deputy secretary of defense shanahan have been on the hill, written bill.s supporting our in conclusion, ladies and gentlemen, this is not speculation. this reflects the very carefully drafted text of the bill that the house will vote on in the coming days. i encourage members to read the bill and come to us with questions. this bipartisan bill has broad and diverse support, and, for example, heritage action, pilots and air traffic control union, the flight attendants union all support this very bipartisan bill, a bill that will transform aviation in this country, keep us competitive, keep us safe and keep us sufficient.
so i ask all my colleagues to support the bipartisan h.r. 2997, and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from massachusetts, ms. clark, for five minutes. ms. clark: mr. speaker, yesterday we grieved for 59 americans who were killed watching a concert, and 527 people who were injured as bullets rained down on them. as horrible as it is, it is only an inflexion point on the due to gun violence. we have our heart-felt grief followed by a moment of silence. but that has extended into years. families at home did not send us here for our thoughts and prayers. no one in this chamber was elected to tackle our country's challenges with moments of
silence. we were elected to work together to debate, to argue, even fight tooth and nail about the problems americans are facing and what we can do to help. that's not what we're doing here. even after the massacre of children and now the worst massacre by guns in american history, our republican leaders continue to block debate on commonsense gun safety legislation that is backed by americans across the spectrum of political ideology. but now we had our moment of silence so it's back to business as usual. members of congress who call a mass shooting evil and turn around and take cash from the gun lobby. the leadership of this house is so enamored with silence that one of the only policies they will talk about is silencing guns. why would you endanger our
police officers and families by remaining silent on solutions to reduce gun violence and promote a bill that deregulates silencers? there is only one speculation and that is that the monstrous roar of the gun lobby is drowning out the voices of families, it's drowning out compassion and it is drowning out common sense. many say there's nothing to be done. there is a falsehood that any commonsense solution will lead directly to americans losing their guns and their second amendment rights. this is as pernicious as it is cowardly. this is the united states congress. americans think we are strong enough to have this debate on reducing gun violence. why don't we? don't shrug off the loss of
life. don't be complicit in the daily carnage of gun violence. mr. speaker, it is time for each of us to stand up, to do our jobs, to come together and debate solutions and to bring them to a vote. american families are counting on us, and they are watching. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida, mr. dunn, for five minutes. mr. dunn: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 36, the pain-capable unborn child protection act. as a father of three, grandfather of three and as a man of faith, i firmly believe the life begins at conception. as a surgeon and scientist, i know that unborn children feel pain at 20 weeks. at the very latest at 20 weeks.
scientific studies have found that a baby's first sensory receptors for pain are developed in the first seven weeks. by 20 weeks an unborn baby is so developed that they can hear music and respond to sounds, but most importantly, a substantial body of medical evidence shows that he or she can feel and respond to pain. let there be no mistake. late-term abortion practices are gruesome and painful. these babies are dismembered limb from limb, yet the united states is one of only seven nations in the world that allows for elected late-term abortions. we are joining nations like north korea and china that allow for elective late-term abortions. it's shocking to conscience. by passing this act and banning late-term abortions after 20 weeks, we stand up to protect the innocent and the defenseless. the psalm says children are a
gift from the lord. if we here today do not protect this gift, who will? if we do not shield unborn americans from a death so painful and unimaginable, who will? responsibility falls to us. let us embrace this solemn duty. i spent my medical career doing everything i could to save the lives of patients in my care. now as a legislator i can help save people with my vote. i invite the entire house to be a voice for unborn americans and pass the pain-capable unborn protection act. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from california, s. speier, for five minutes. spero dedes thank you, mr. speaker. -- ms. speier: thank you, mr. speaker. i know you heard the story. sunday in las vegas, 59 people at a concert were mowed down
and more than 500 were wounded. but i know you heard this story, too. last june 49 cell phones on the floor of the pulse nightclub were ringing and ringing and ringing and were never answered. what about this story? two years ago, eight students who just wanted to learn and the professor who was there to teach them were mowed down in heir classrooms at a community college. everyone knows nearly five years ago the bodies of 20 elementary schoolchildren and six teachers lay in sandy hook elementary school in what was then the unthinkable act of horror. so here we are again with what as once unthinkable becoming mundane. colleagues, how have we as a society become so debased? how have we strayed so far from what is right and what is just so we hardly blink that the
massacre of nnts in schools and movie theaters and concerts and nightclubs and it goes on and on and on? so i ask you today, how many lives must be destroyed before congress acts? nine lives in charleston showed us nine was not enough. 13 lives in columbine showed us 13 was not enough. certainly 20 small children killed in their classrooms at newton? no. the 32 lives at virginia tech, again, not enough. 49 lives in orlando, no. the more than 33,000 americans killed each year by guns, no, that's not enough. the fact that more americans have died from guns in the united states since 1968 than on battlefields in all our wars since the american revolution, is that not enough? and now 59 people have been murdered in las vegas and hundreds more are left
struggling with injuries, both physical and mental. but the worst part, and believe me, i have trouble picking out the worst part, daily mass shootings have somehow become just ordinary. the massacre in las vegas was the 273rd mass shooting in the united states this year. last year i posted the name and photo of every single victim killed in a mass shooting on the walls outside my office. here were 476 shootings with 597 people killed and 1,734 wounded. not enough. it's never enough. that's how i learned about tamia sanders who was 14 years old when she was killed while sitting on her porch next to her mother. about antonio hinkle who was 32 en he was gunned down at a
cookout. and about willow short, age 2, who survived a heart transplant only to be slaughtered outside and alongside the rest of her family by her own father. i stand before you filled with rage and sadness, to say this has to stop. moments of silence provide little comfort. frankly, no comfort. it's a show here. a show to somehow suggest if you make the headlines we'll give you a moment of silence. for the 476 other mass shootings each year, we're not going to give you a moment of silence. do we really lack the courage of conviction? no. other industrialized countries have seen no such blood-soaked streets. by remaining silent, we are not just being cowardly, we are being complicit in these crimes. colleagues, we must honor the dead by taking action.
now is the time for a vote, and we know what the vote son. our human instinct is to try -- vote is on. our human insinket is to try patterns and make the sense out of the most senseless acts and whether the shooters are terrorists, domestic abusers or the mentally ill, the pattern is the same -- access to deadly weapons that can allow a lone gunman lay to waste on a massive scale must stop. this is why we must ban assault weapons that have time and time again caused mass bloodshed. and the attachments that make them into automatic weapons that you can purchase for a mere $50. automatic weapons are banned in the united states. machine guns are banned in the united states. but if you can buy a $50 attachment and make it into a machine gun, how have we banned anything? let's make sure every gun purchase requires background checks. rather than just 60% of gun purchases.
mr. speaker, it is time not to be silent. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i'd like to share some information about the unified tax reform framework that was released last week by republicans in the house of representatives. i think it's important with all of the sad news coming out this week in the country, particularly in puerto rico and las vegas, that we do share with the american people some information that will be so important to them long term and will help our economy get a good jump-start. and incidentally, last quarter
our economy grew at 3.1%, but very few people have heard about that and it's important we point that out. mr. speaker, the material provided by the ways and means committee is extraordinarily valuable, and i also would encourage people to go on the ways and means website and on my website and on individual websites of members to gain more information about this framework. first, it lowers the rates for individuals and families. the framework shrinks the current seven tax brackets into three. 12%, 25%, 35%. and actually, mr. speaker, many, many, many more americans will pay no taxes as a result of the tax reform because we're going to double the standard deduction and enhance the child tax credit. the framework roughly doubles the standard deduction so that
typical middle-class families will keep more of their paycheck. it also significantly increases the child tax credit. it eliminates loopholes for the wealthy and protects bedrock provisions for the middle class. it repeals the death tax and alternative minimum tax. you know, mr. speaker, dying should not be a taxable event. it's important that we not tax people, particularly farmers and small businesses, at the death of a business owner or farm owner. fuhr for small businesses t will help to and promote competitiveness by lowering the corporate tax rate so that on a ns can compete
level playing field, the framework reduces the corporate tax rate to 20%. on a he 22.5% average of the level playing field, the framework industrialized world. it industrialized world. it will boost the economy by allowing for expensing of capital investments. the framework allows for at least five years, businesses, to immediately write off or expense the cost of new investments, giving a much needed lift to the economy. it moves to an american model for competitiveness. ends intercepts to offshore jobs and keep foreign profits overseas. it levels the playing field for american cbs and workers by allowing the profits achieved overseas to come back by imposing a one-time low tax rate on wealth that is already accumulated overseas. so there is no tax incentive to the money offshore.
mr. speaker, we need to get our economy booming again to create jobs the money offshore. mr. speaker, and to make our co much greater than it is today. and i endorse this framework put out by the ways and means committee and look for the work that's going to be done by the refines the it framework and brings forth a bill for us to vote on. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: refine framework and brings forth a bill for the gentleman from connecticut, mr. hines, is recognized for five minutes. the entlewoman yields. mr. himes: thank you, mr. speaker. we all awoke yesterday to a grim but familiar ritual. as we looked at our phones, we
saw the dozens of people had been slaughtered in las vegas y a madman with a gun. for the victims, the survivors and our families this is a nightmare come true. my heart goes for out to them. and to the first responders and many people who rushed to help in that hellish situation. but now what? the question can't be escaped. and it hits particularly hard those of us who live in the shadow of sandy hook. years ago where 20 babies but now what? were killed. and we thought that that would be enough to cause this congress to act. to act for sanity, to act for common sense, to act for life. but it wasn't. and neither was orlando, neither was san bernardino.
and now neither, i fear, will be the horrendous massacre in las vegas. let's be clear that no other ragedy that we face. not terrorists flying not terrorists flying into buildings, not hurricanes which render entire islands without power and without hope cause us to say this is not a time to address this problem. we ask ourselves what can we do better, what can we learn, how an we stop this? except on this issue. rlando, congress does nothing. children, 20 dead congress does nothing. and now las vegas. what is happening right now is that conversations are happening in offices to figure ngress does nothing.
out what the decent interval of time is between the deaths in las vegas and when we can introduce a bill that will make it easier for people to buy silencers. not even the near fatal attack on one of our own, my friend steven scalise, was enough to cause us to seriously consider what we might do to stench the flow of blood that characterizes this country and this country alone. et's be clear, let's be very clear about what we can do and what we don't want to do. first of all, to all those who are listening to this and saying they just want to take guns. no, we do not. i and those of us who stand for gun safety, respect the second amendment. many of us enjoy hunting. many of us enjoy target practice. many of us believe that perhaps you are safer if you can defend yourself. we have no interest in taking
away anybody's guns. no, we do not. guns. but we have interest in at least two things that have the virtue of being supported by the vast majority of americans. universal background checks, the simple idea that if you're going to exercise your second amendment rights and buy a weapon, we should check to see you are violent, if a terrorist, if you are ache -- likely to do harm with that deadly weapon. that's a simple idea that has about 90% support in this contry, yet it will not be brought to this floor in what house of the representatives. do we represent or do we not? h representatives. do we represent or do we not? there are other ideas. there has to be some limit on he firepower and nature of the lethal technology that americans can get access to. we saw in las vegas what very
powerful weapons, perhaps modified to turn them into military-style weapons, can do to people and their bodies. i think most americans would agree there is some line, some line between the weapons that we should have access to as a result of our second amendment rights, and to do what we need to do, and those weapons that can wreak the kind of havoc that we saw in las vegas. last year after the shooting at the pulse nightclub, i decided in desperation i would not participate in any more moments of silence in this chamber. that prayers and sympathy are fine. but this room can fix this problem and this room and the people in it refuse to do so. ven though we call ourselves representative, and we will not bring forward ideas that our constituents would support. so today in our despair we must remember that our great struggles, suffrage, civil rights, health care took decades for us to achieve. we can break -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. act.imes: we have to
morning on the deferred action for childhood arrivals program. also known as daca. it allows some people who came to the u.s. illegally as minors to stay in the country. this is live coverage. we join it in progress. >> those qualifications are well-known in the body. we have -- the dream act has been around for a long time. the age you got here. no criminal history. you are -- mr. graham: the parent. >> senator, live that to you. we're happy to help any way we can. senator leahy: thank you, mr. chairman. as frustrating as the chairman knows, two or three years ago we passed a major overhall -- overhaul of immigration. in this committee. bipartisan. passed